May 12, 2017 Toronto, Ontario8:30 AM - 3:45 PM

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You are invited to join us at COMSOL Day Toronto for a day of multiphysics modeling training, talks by invited speakers, and the opportunity to exchange ideas with other simulation specialists in the COMSOL community.

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This introductory demonstration will show you the fundamental workflow of the COMSOL Multiphysics® modeling environment. We will cover all of the key modeling steps, including geometry creation, setting up physics, meshing, solving, and postprocessing.

Coffee Break
Invited Speakers
Andrew Prudil, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Modeling Nuclear Fuel: A Study in Multiphysics

Nuclear fuel experiences a complex environment of elevated temperatures, temperature gradients, mechanical loading, thermal expansion, swelling, densification, radiation, and continuously evolving composition and microstructure. Understanding and predicting the coupled, aggregate behavior is crucial for optimizing the design and operation of the fuel. In this talk, I will present two COMSOL Multiphysics® models developed for modeling the continuum and microstructural aspects of nuclear fuel.

Hisham Assi, University of Toronto

Acoustic Wave Propagation in 3D Media: Perfectly Matched Layer Formulations

Perfectly matched layers (PMLs) are a well-developed method for simulating wave propagation in unbounded media, enabling the use of a reduced computational domain while avoiding spurious boundary reflections. However, many auxiliary variables are usually needed to describe PML formulations (especially in the time domain) and the problem becomes more complex in the 3D case. Compact formulations are proposed for the time-domain modeling of wave propagation in an unbounded general anisotropic solid and coupled fluid-solid media. The formulations have a second-order form that has the advantages of well-posedness and amenability to being implemented using the finite element method. The COMSOL Multiphysics® software is used for the validation of our formulations. Extension of the PML formulation to model a viscoelastic medium is also provided.

Coffee Break

Learn how to convert a model into a custom app using the Application Builder, which is included in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. You can upload your apps to a COMSOL Server™ installation to access and run the apps from anywhere within your organization.

Break for Lunch
Low-Frequency Electromagnetics Minicourse

Explore the capabilities of COMSOL Multiphysics® for electromagnetics in the static and low-frequency regime with a focus on the AC/DC Module.

CFD and Heat Transfer Minicourse

Get a quick overview of using the CFD Module and Heat Transfer Module within the COMSOL® software environment.

Coffee Break
High-Frequency Electromagnetics Minicourse

Learn about modeling high-frequency electromagnetic waves using the RF Module, Wave Optics Module, and Ray Optics Module.

Structural Mechanics Minicourse

Get a brief overview of using the Structural Mechanics Module and its add-on modules within the COMSOL® software environment.

Coffee Break
Optimization Minicourse

Learn to use gradient-based optimization techniques and constraint equations to define and solve problems in shape, parameter, and topology optimization, as well as inverse modeling. The techniques shown are applicable for almost all types of models.

Acoustics Minicourse

Get a brief overview of using the Acoustics Module within the COMSOL® software environment.

COMSOL Day Details


The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto
Regatta Room 1 Harbour Square
Toronto, Ontario M5J 1A6

COMSOL Speakers

Bjorn Sjodin
Bjorn Sjodin is the VP of product management at COMSOL. He has been with COMSOL since 1995 and started out as a member of the development team in Stockholm, Sweden. He joined the COMSOL office in Burlington in 2002.
Ellie Kulla
Ellie Kulla is a technical sales engineer who joined COMSOL in 2012. She received her PhD in biomedical engineering from Brown University. Her research focus was on the mathematical modeling of fluid flow in lab-on-a-chip devices.
Daisy Daivasagaya
Daisy Daivasagaya has been a sales engineer at COMSOL since 2013. She received her master's degree in electrical engineering from McGill University. She specialized in semiconductor circuit-level design and microelectronic sensor R&D.
Jinlan Huang
Jinlan Huang is an applications engineer for vibrations and acoustics and instructs acoustics and heat transfer training courses. She received her PhD from Boston University, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, investigating acoustic wave propagation in complex-tissue environments and ultrasound-induced tissue heating and bleeding control. She joined COMSOL in 2011.
Peter Lyu
Peter Lyu is an applications engineer specializing in fluid flow, heat transfer, and optimization. Peter received his MS and PhD degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan. His research focus was on aircraft design and multidisciplinary design optimization.

Invited Speakers

Andrew Prudil
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Andrew Prudil completed his PhD and postdoctorate in nuclear engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada, where he developed models of nuclear fuel behavior. Currently, he works at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories in the Fuel & Fuel Channel Safety Branch. He focuses on the development and application of computer models to improve the safety, economics, and sustainability of nuclear energy. Andrew has contributed to commercial, government, and academic R&D projects such as fuel irradiation safety cases. He has also coauthored numerous journal papers, conference papers, and reports. Most recently, he coauthored a textbook on nuclear engineering that is being published later this year.
Hisham Assi
University of Toronto Hisham Assi earned his PhD in electrical engineering and biomedical engineering from the University of Toronto. His thesis was about the time-domain modeling of elastic and acoustic wave propagation in unbounded media, with application to metamaterials. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Ultrasound Lab at the University of Toronto. There, he is extending his wave propagation models to the more general 3D and viscous cases, and his models are being used by collaborators in biomedical imaging. Simultaneously, he is studying photoacoustic imaging as a postdoctoral researcher at Ryerson University through an industry Engage Grant with FUJIFILM VisualSonics. Hisham has coauthored a number of papers, participated in several conferences, and was an invited speaker at the COMSOL Conference 2015.

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